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Murder and Morris Dancing,
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This review is from: Off With His Head (The Ngaio Marsh Collection) (Kindle Edition)
Morris dancing tradition and some pretty unpleasant people lead to murder in a small village at Christmas and Roderick Alleyn is called in to investigate a complex case. Camilla Campion has been invited to meet her estranged family, the Andersens, who make up most of the cast in the Dance of the Five Sons.
Unfortunately her grandfather, William Campion, is murdered during the dance on Sword Wednesday, close to Christmas. The villagers suspect Mrs Bunz - a German visitor collecting information about rural traditions - of somehow being involved in the murder but it seems impossible that anyone could commit a murder in full view of a crowd of people.
There are many unpleasant undercurrents in this well plotted mystery with plenty of family feuds and hidden motives. Unless the reader is very good at putting all the bits together they will be unlikely to work out who committed the murder and how it was done. The ending - which involves a reconstruction of the crime - is very well done and a tense and exciting read.
The characters are well drawn as ever and Alleyn himself is much in evidence in this story as the murder happens quite early on. Inspector Fox also plays quite a large part in it as well. This is an enjoyable and well constructed story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes their crime novels in the classic mould.